Jakarta. The government sent a protest note to Saudi Arabia on Monday (19/03), after an Indonesian national was beheaded in Mecca. Saudi authorities did not inform Indonesia that its citizen would be executed. Zaini Misrin, a 53-year-old man from Bangkalan in East Java’s island of Madura, was a migrant worker convicted of the murder of his Saudi employer. He was executed on Sunday. “The Indonesian government did not receive any notification prior to the execution of Zaini Misrin,” citizen protection and legal aid director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, said during a press conference in Jakarta. Although the kingdom has has no regulatory obligation to issue such notifications, since the two countries are in friendly relations, Indonesia should have been officially apprised of the decision, he said. With nearly 200 Indonesians facing capital punishment abroad, the government has been making considerable efforts to stay their execution. However, despite huge opposition domestically and on the international stage, and despite its non-permanent seat at the United Nation High Commission of Human Rights, Indonesia itself implements the death penalty. This, in the eyes of many, renders inconclusive the country’s attempts to save its own citizens from the cruel and unusual punishment. Since 2011, 583 Indonesians have been sentenced to death abroad. The executions of… Read full this story
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